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Ok, as if I need anything else to worry about :-( Last night I noticed my heart was pounding, but I didn't think anything of it and went to bed. This morning I woke up and it was still pretty fast, and I timed it and my resting heartbeat was 120! I phoned my DR and they had me come in, everything looks fine but they want me to wear some heart monitor thing for 24 hours starting thursday afternoon. To be honest I really just don't want to. I think it will cause me more stress than not. My sitting heartbeat right now (just tested it) is 100, I think its probably slowing down again. Don't pregnant women get increased pulse rates anyway? Can I call to cancel this test with peace of mind?
 

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I don't have any special advice to offer, but I could offer this:<br><br><br><br>
The more you think about your heart rate, the more it will increase. This is what I've experienced and what doctors have told me. I went into the emergency room a few months ago with chest pains and increased heart rate (I'm healthy and 19, so had no clue what was going on).<br><br><br><br>
I had a monitor put on immediately and it stayed there for almost 3 days. As I was lying down and staring at the heart rate monitor and listening to my heart beat, it would increase, which was already at 180 and higher. (Yes, seriously. My rate when walking sloooow was well above 200.) Anyway, the first day I was in the hospital, the doctors told me to stop thinking about it, or else it will be harder to bring down to a normal resting rate. They said the best thing to do when you're having your heart looked at and listened to is just to not think about it at all.<br><br><br><br>
Basically what I'm trying to say is, just try your best not to think about your heart rate. It really does increase it. I don't think you should cancel the test. Having it done will help find out if your heart is doing okay. Don't be afraid of wearing the monitor, because they need it to help you and figure out what's going on. Just relax, and you'll be fine! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)">
 

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Well, this is a sensitive subject for me. I would have more peace of mind doing the test and finding out that everything is fine!<br><br>
It's an inconvenience at most. My heartrate used to go to 240 for no reason except for when I had the monitor on. Then it always behaved perfectly normal. It wasn't until I wore an event monitor for 30 days that I was diagnosed with supraventricular tachycardia. I have abnormal electrical pathways in my heart. I had a scary procedure done and now I take medication which keeps it under control. So, if nothing else but to rule out a problem, if you can bring yourself to wear the monitor, it might be a good idea. But you know yourself better than anyone. If you really are going to be that stressed about it, you shouldn't do it. Then again, if you are in a panic for 24 hours and the test comes out fine, you'll know you're in good shape! Good luck! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)">
 

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Janie! That's pretty high...they really found nothing wrong? At the very least I would think you would have what I have or maybe mitral valve prolapse.
 

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Janie! That's pretty high...they really found nothing wrong? At the very least I would think you would have what I have or maybe mitral valve prolapse.</div>
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They thought that could be an option, but after having 3 EKGs and an echo, they ruled that out. They said it was a grand combination of iron deficiency anemia, dehydration, poor nutrition, and <b>extreme</b> stress. I found that to be very accurate. I'm taking <i>much</i> better care of myself now, and ever since, I haven't felt any of the symptoms I used to before! I definitely learned my lesson. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/yes.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":yes:">
 

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See my numbers aren't that high at all. It seems just like so much overkill to me. I dont want to do the test unless they think there is some risk to the baby, cause i really think i'm fine.... maybe i was just dehydrated, i dunno. My heartbeat is normally a little on the high side, so this just seems unnecessary to me. i wish i hadnt gone to the doctor at all this morning i just wanted to make sure i was protecting my baby. :-( I called my OB and left a message, I'll see what she says. Just taking all this time off work is so hard - I took today off becuase getting seen took a long time (used a vacation day), and then next week I have a dentist appt AND an OB appointment (I was gonna use my other vacation day for day of OB appt, and some sick time for dentist...) but NOW adding a trip to the cardiology department at the hospital??? It just seems like so much time at the doctors!!! :-(
 

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My instincts tell me that I'm fine. My heart tells me that its better to be safe than sorry, and I should do the test. My head tells me to stop thinking about it because its getting annoyed with me. The only one I agree with completely thus far is my head.
 

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Well I called my OB and they said i should just have it done for peace of mind and to be sure everything is ok for the baby. I read about the test online and it seems totally safe (only reads electrical pulses from heart, does not emit any into body) so I guess it should be totally safe for the baby. This sucks. (pardon my french.)
 

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veggielove, the test is really no big deal, they will hook you to a holter monitor, its electrodes kind of like an ekg and its attached to a little box, you will just keep it on for the 24 hours so they can see the rhythm to make sure when your pulse spikes there is no dysrythmia.....sometimes people do have totally benign arrythmias that are no big deal, sometimes they are like what karen has and need meds to control.<br><br>
its better to find out for sure, the test is not harmful to you or baby so not to worry there,<br><br>
and one other thing, yes a pregnant womans pulse is higher, there are all sorts of reason, one being a higher fluid volume circulating in your body, among others so it is perfectly normal to have a higher pulse while pregnant.
 

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I have arythmia which has not been tested, which is clearly linked to a recent auto-immune condition, and which I instinctively consider as benign and a sign for my body to get some rest... since it only shows up in times of stress or sleep deprivation. I am pretty sure I'd need extensive monitoring for it to show at all (it has not bothered me for weeks now but can show up pretty suddenly). If you have been under stress or are in need of sleep, that's probably all it is. I would certainly do the test though if I were you. Better safe etc. Let us know !<br><br>
I had a high risk pregnancy with lots of anxiety so I can sympathize with your fears...<br><br>
Hugs !!!
 

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personally, i always go with my instincts. i don't know what i would consider 'my heart' because typically, that is always in agreement with my instincts. it's my head that often gets in the way (overthinking things).<br><br><br><br>
for example, i feel (instinctively, in my heart) that i can have a very healthy vegetarian pregnancy. but, my head argues. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)"> i'm going with my instincts--i always do--but i have to run down the other information anyway. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)">
 

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I'm definitely feeling the higher pulse today too, but its not as bad as yesterday morning (right now its 108 when sitting at computer.) The thing i find weirdest is that it doesn't seem to slow down much when i'm resting/sleeping. I guess my body is still working pretty hard even when it "looks" like I'm at rest, building a placenta, etc, baby growing rapidly, etc.
 

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My mom first developed tachycardia before her 4th pregnancy. It's pretty scary stuff, from what she has said. Her heart rate basically CAN'T slow itself down, and she has to go to the emergency room to have them stop and restart her heart. (She says it feels really weird to feel that happening.) Sometimes ice packs under her arms have helped, but other times it hasn't. She's had 5 attacks in the past 30 years or so and is now on a basic heart medication. To my knowledge, it did not cause any problems with her pregnancy.<br><br><br><br>
It also doesn't sound like your problem is anywhere near as bad as hers has been. I hate to tell you not to worry about it and then have it be something bad. This is a case where I'd trust a good OB's opinion.
 

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Cftwo, I'm so sorry your mom had to go through that!!! mine isn't that bad. Today actually I don't feel anything, perhaps I was a bit dehydrated the morning i woke up feeling so bad. I'm wearing the holter monitor now..... I feel like I'm the bionic woman or something, lol. Either that, or that I'm bugged and I'm doing some undercover work, lol. I'm hoping this all works out for me ok!!!
 

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i'm sure it will. you'll probably discover that it was something simple. like the dehydration thing.<br><br><br><br>
my tea just got cold. so sad.
 

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Hey how you doing now. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)"> I now its been a month.<br><br><br><br>
Wanted to say mine was high too but i also had high blood pressure. And was wondering how yours was??
 

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awww hi! :) The test came back fine, probably just because of all the extra work my body was doing at the time! I still feel my heart rate a little high from time to time but apparently its nothing to worry about! :)<br><br><br><br>
My blood pressure btw is naturally very low.... so we'll be watching it!
 
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